First Fortnight

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First Fortnight Festival officially kicked off this Saturday January 2nd. Every January, First Fortnight run a festival programme of events throughout the month.

First Fortnight utilises arts and culture to challenge mental health stigma while supporting some of Ireland’s most vulnerable people through creative therapies.

You can check out the full programme here.


  • Make the beginning of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma.
  • Create a consistent space in the national cultural calendar where citizens can be inspired through arts and cultural events to talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner.
  • Utilise unscripted conversation to change people’s perceptions about the ordinary experience of a mental health problem and the less ordinary experience of mental ill health.
  • Advocate for change to the art making system (artists, art funding streams, art education programmes, cultural venues, arts institutions and discipline-specific festivals and groups) to accommodate the development and production of mental health themed artwork.
  • Provide the highest standard of free Creative Therapies to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of expeciencing homelessness,
    affected by mental ill health or dual diagnosis.
  • Provide free mental health care to the cultural sector.
  • Develop research findings to aid policymakers in the development of a greater understanding of the complex maintaining factors affecting mental health prejudice and discrimination.
  • Commission and publish research interrogating the efficacy of the services we provide.
  • Maintain co-operation with relevant partners in the developments of new funding streams and collaborations.
  • Develop and maintain a workforce and governance structures suitable for the delivery of professional level of activities and service provision that enable voluntary efforts of committed activists. is Ireland’s largest independent for courses in Ireland. We list full-time and part-time courses of all types so that you can find the best course for you.

Steven Galvin

GTRN 2021: Theatre Languages / Languages of the Stage
Education Indicators 2020


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